Grinnell, IA
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Grinnell is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 9,141 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Grinnell is the 42nd largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities, Grinnell isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Grinnell are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grinnell is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Grinnell who work in office and administrative support (13.75%), food service (12.94%), and teaching (9.71%).

Also of interest is that Grinnell has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.19% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Grinnell is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Grinnell to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Grinnell spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.36 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Grinnell citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.75% of adults in Grinnell have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Grinnell in 2010 was $24,834, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,336 for a family of four. However, Grinnell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Grinnell home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grinnell residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Grinnell include Irish, English, Norwegian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Grinnell is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

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